Take a taxi – 40 pesos. A little more than expected but OK.
Take a taxi back.
The fare jumped to 120 pesos, a 200% increase.
Hand over two 50 peso notes and some coins. Driver looks back at us showing a 50 and a 20 peso note. Seems like I had a 20 peso note mixed up with the 50s?
Hand over another 50 peso note.
Driver looks back showing one end is missing. I hadn’t noticed that. Swap the note for a good one.
Driver asks if we can exchange a 500 peso note for smaller currency. Fortunately we decline.
As we leave the taxi Bruce and I query what happened.
Clearly our taxi driver had some clever tricks up his sleeve, that we gringos were not aware of.
50 pesos is worth about $4.26 in today’s market.